Michael Neal, age 52, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013, at 11:30 p.m. after a nine month struggle with cancer.
Michael (Mike) Renn Neal was born on June 15, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia. He was the youngest of three children born to James Allen and Grace Runyan Neal.
Mike grew up in Columbia and Lexington, graduating from high school in Lexington, South Carolina in 1978. He then went on to further his education and was one of the first to receive a BS in Computer Science at the University of South Carolina. He received a MS in Online Teaching and Learning at Colorado State University in 2009 and a MA in Media Psychology in 2011 at Fielding Graduate University. His last education achievement was to receive a PhD in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California in January 2013.
Michael Neal and Teresa Schreibeis were married April 7, 1990, in Valencia, California. On March 30, 1993, they became the proud parents of a daughter, Rianna Michele Neal. As a loving father, Mike treated his family to many wonderful vacations and interesting trips to many points in the United States and around the world.
Mike has many accomplishments to his credit, including authoring several children’s books, a novel on High-Tech Startups, and a golf humor book. He has published several articles and given talks on psychology and Augmented Reality, and he authored a chapter in the inaugural Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology on qualitative methods and text analytics.
In recent years he has had a real interest in photography, traveling to many areas of the United States and other countries to photograph animals and points of interest. One of his favorite spots for photography was the Lamar Valley inYellowstone National Park. There is a beautiful picture of a buffalo in the snow, which he took there, hanging in their family room. He also has a special “Ghost Wolf” picture where a gust of wind whipped up the snow into a wolf image which Mike unknowingly captured on his camera while photographing a favorite tree.
His work history has progressed from Senior Research Engineer for Lockheed in Burbank, California to founder of Lexical Edge, a company that uses Leximancer software for consulting practices. He has held positions as Applications Engineer/Product Marketing Manager for Template Graphics Software, Inc. of San Diego, California; Senior Engineer for Autotrol Corporation in Thornton, Colorado; Project Manager/Member Technical Staff of CogniSeis Development, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado; Senior Member Technical Staff for Cadis, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado; Chief Technology Officer of Requisite Technology, Inc. of Westminster, Colorado and of SAQQARA Systems, Inc. of San Jose, California; CEO and Founder of InShore Software of Arvada, Colorado; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for IHS, Inc. of Westminster, Colorado; CEO, founder and primary consultant in CTO Advisors, a company providing technical and strategic business consulting for both large and small companies, and founder of Lexical Edge.
Other achievements of this very active individual include nineteen U.S. patents on database, cataloging, and internet technologies; several peer-reviewed papers on psychology; Oracle Innovators Award; Technology of the Year Award; and Java Developer’s Journal World Class Award. He was a technology executive for 12 years and a developing specialist in online education and training for 25 years.
He was a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the ACM Special Interest Group Computer Human Interface (SIGCHI), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Mike had a tremendous interest in helping others and spent several weeks for many summers as a counselor at Camp del Corazon in California, a camp for children with heart conditions. For numerous years, he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for a week at a time, doing “builds” around the world.
The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Foothills Chapel, 1950 Ford Street, Golden, Colorado, at 10 a.m. with Barry Bloom officiating. A reception will follow to give friends an opportunity to share memories and support with the family. Distribution of ashes will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Michael Neal Memorial Fund at Citywide Bank, 12501 W. 52nd Avenue, Arvada, CO 80002, ℅ Teresa S. Neal. It is Teresa and Rianna’s dream to create a Michael Neal Scholarship in the future.